Thursday, December 31, 2009

Goodbye 2009

I can't believe that 2010 is hours away. I remember back in grade school, thinking that by now we'd be living it up Back to the Future II style. Oh, to be a kid again!

2009 was a great year for me, both personally and professionally. I've met some great people who I am proud to call friends. My invitation business grew like crazy, with the help of my amazing and talented boyfriend who spent many hours building my beautiful website. I seriously can't thank him enough. As a result, I was invited to be a part of Style Me Pretty's Little Black Book, which still flatters me to this day--what an amazing planning source. All you brides in the planning stages, head over to SMP for some great ideas and tips.

I am also very grateful for my dad, who has served as my "courier." He and my assistant, Pete drive around town to pick up invitations and mail packages. They're quite the team.

Most importantly, I've had the opportunity to be a part of announcing the "big day" for many couples. That makes me feel pretty dang special. :)

Happy New Year everyone. Be safe and have fun. See you in 2010!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A wonderful winter cake.

There are two things on my mind right now: winter and cake. It's a chilly 31 degrees out today and we have a dusting of snow on the ground. And who doesn't love cake?

Marry the two of them and what do you get? Possibly this LOVELY cake featured on Martha Stewart.

The cake is covered in icey blue fondant. Real pinecones are sprinkled with sanding sugar to mimic a winter landscape and are surrounded by chocolate "pine needles"...if only the pinecones were chocolate as well! However, I love the added element of nature to the cake.

I've always considered having a Maine wedding, being that the White Pine is the state tree...I'll be holding onto this one!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Running of the Brides will be in Columbus!

Here is the 2010 schedule for the Running of the Brides® at Filene’s Basement stores:
Aventura, FL January 15
Columbus, OH January 29
New York City February 5
Boston February 19
Atlanta March 19
Chicago July 23
Washington, D.C. July 30
Boston August 20
Cleveland, OH August 27

See the full story here.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Invitations for Danielle and Brent's Holiday Wedding!

I had the pleasure of working with Danielle at my agency job. She left last year to start a new life with her then boyfriend, Brent in another state. I was so excited when she contacted me to do her wedding invitations. We'd be working together again, on a project near and dear to her heart...her wedding stationery!

Danielle and Brent LOVE the holidays. When they got engaged, they knew their big day would be right before Christmas. As we talked about their invitations, the couple emphasized that this was to be a HOLIDAY wedding. She went so far as to say, if she were allowed--the bridal party would even be dressed as elves. They could even come down the aisle in a sleigh. I love Danielle, her sense of humor made this project all that much more fun.

After sifting through different winter landscapes and other holiday things, we landed on snowflakes. I was stingy with them in the earlier layouts. Danielle emailed me and said, can we have MORE snowflakes (evidently her fiance, Brent, was "all about the snowflakes!") The color palette was red and silver, so we printed the invitations in red and backed them on a piece of shimmery silver cardstock, which matched the envelopes. The final touch (and my favorite part!) was the band that held them together. I wanted to spread the theme of Christmas to the wrap, but without having snowflake overkill. The perfect message popped into my head, "On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me..." They loved it! I'm so pleased with how these came out.

Without further ado, here is the latest to my invitation collection:
"Marry Christmas!"
Marry Christmas
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Marry Christmas Close Up
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This invite is not on my site, or in my etsy shop yet. If you are interested, please send me an email.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

"Love" these prints

I have taken quite a liking to prints that say sweet things on them. I've been wanting to spruce up the bedroom with a nice coat of plum paint on the wall that the bed is on. My etsy account is filled with "love" prints that I'd like to see hanging on the wall. There are too many to decide, here are the ones I like most:

Love is Spoken Here
by tuesdaymourning

Let Love Shine in
by slidesideways

La La Love You by SparklePower

Love Candy
by jenniferramos

And then, there is this one, For Like Ever, that was made popular after it appeared in my beloved Domino (RIP...sigh)

Perhaps this would be a good New Year's Resolution, along with refinishing the floors and some front yard landscaping. Oh, and maybe going to the gym a little more. :)

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

I spy a perfect shower gift!

I love Anthropologie. If I could afford it, I'd shop there for everything. In the meantime, I will just click and admire. Step and repeat.

I have a thing for tea towels. These would make such a great gift for a bridal shower that I am bummed I don't have one to go to. If it weren't considered even the slight bit crazy, I'd buy them for myself. :)

The trio of towels say: They fell in love, they got married, and they lived happily ever after. You may purchase them here.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Me likey.

I love the simplicity of Kate Spade, she knows what she's doing. This new makeup bag is so cute and perfect for your travels "par avion." And, it's only $50.

Totally unrelated to honeymoons, makeup or traveling...but aren't these coasters so cute too? I dig the pears, and I am a total sucker for green. Get them for only $20. Steal.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Etsy Saturday

I love etsy. I could spend hours looking at all the beautiful hand made things, and today I did just that. Here are some of my favorite wedding finds:

Look at these oh-so-cute cake toppers by Wonderful Rubbish. They are so whimsical and perfect.

Birdcage veils are where it's at. Brenda's Bridal has some really pretty ones, like this:

I love my dog, and I think it would be pretty awesome if he could be my ring bearer one day. I know, it's kind of absurd...but obviously it's been done. Check out Knine Couture:

Cufflinks are a nice way to add that personal touch to your groom's shirt. Is there a certain place that you hold close to your heart? Perhaps where you met, got engaged or are even getting married? These custom map cufflinks are from dlk Designs:

It's likely that your dad might get a little teary on your wedding day. Let him know it's okay with this mustache hanky from Chrissy's Creations.

All girls love purses, right? Well, I LOVE these beautiful clutches by Mollusa. They'd make an excellent bridesmaid gift. Her shop has some beautiful jewelry as well.

Happy Saturday!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Featured Testimonial: Alison!

"It was a pleasure working with Marit on our wedding stationery, which included our invitations (with main invite, map, accommodations card, and farewell breakfast card), reception menus, and thank you notes. She was so patient and accommodating throughout the process, making suggestions when I needed help deciding what to do! It made the paper part of the wedding planning easy, fun, and affordable! Attached is a photo of the menu on one of the tables at our wedding. I knew I wanted the "Just Berries" design, which I saw in one of her desk calendars, and when I told Marit what our colors were, she knew just how to put everything together to match our aesthetic. Thank you, Marit! "

Thank you, Alison. You were a joy to work with! And, of course, a big congratulations! :)

Alison customized the "Just Berried" invitations to fit her style and you can too!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Planning in style.

Anyone that knows me is aware that I love organizing. I'm not too fond of clutter and find a place for just about everything. Even more, I love organizing using pretty things! One thing that I can't live without is my handy Russell and Hazel mini-binder (lime green, of course!), filled with calendars, business cards of my favorite vendors and my much needed to do lists that keep me on track.

For all you brides out there in the midst of your planning and looking to get organized, I suggest you head over to Russell and Hazel and check out their amazing wedding organizer. Not only is it beautiful, it will get you on track to stress free planning!

The best part about this organizer, is that Russell and Hazel has a page on their website of FREE downloadable PDFs to fill your binder and assist in every step of your planning. Download as many of them as you want!

Already hitched, this would make a fabulous Christmas present for a newly engaged bride-to-be! On my list? Their pretty and practical recipe binder... check it out too. :)

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Desktop Calendars are back in stock!

I sold out of my first run of calendars and decided to print more. I put some of them in my etsy shop, but you can always email me to order one as well.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

December desktop is ready for download!

Sorry for the delay, I am recovering from my turkey induced food coma and gearing up for a busy wedding season which follows all the wonderful holiday engagements.

December's calender design is derived from my Modern Dots invitation seen here.


Click on the link below to download your desktop (a new window will open, either drag it to your desktop or right click and "save image as"):

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